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Five exam preparation tips for students to help build confidence

Five exam preparation tips for students to help build confidence

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Exam Preparation Tips

There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than the prospect of a final exam. They can be stressful, time-sensitive and challenging; but with the right preparation, you can significantly increase your chances of success. After all, they are just another test. With the right strategies, you can optimize your performance. Cracking Competitive/entrance exams is not an easy feat. In order to be among the toppers you need to have knowledge and be able to demonstrate that knowledge in a timed test environment. These exam preparation tips will help get you there:


Create a study plan

Creating a study plan will help you prioritize and manage your time when studying for a competitive/entrance exam. It will also help you to identify and mark your weak areas, allowing you to focus your attention on the information you need most. When creating a study plan, consider factors such as: 

  • Your exam date: Make sure you have enough time to study for the exam — don’t leave it until the last minute!  
  • Time commitment: How much time you can realistically dedicate to studying each week will affect the type of study plan you create. 
  • Exam format: Some exams have multiple-choice questions while others include a written essay. Knowing how you will be tested will help you to focus your study plan.


Read Also: How to develop time management skills for competitive exams?

Review the most commonly tested concepts

The best way to ensure you know the most commonly tested concepts is to review the exam content outline. It will tell you exactly what topics are covered within the exam. When reviewing, note any concepts that you feel are challenging. It is likely you will be asked questions on those topics during the exam. Another way to review concepts is to create flashcards. They’re a great way to test yourself on the most commonly tested concepts. You can also use online flashcard apps to create and manage your flashcards online.


Use practice exams to build your test-taking confidence

Taking practice exams will help you to get comfortable with the exam format and identify any areas in which you may require extra study. Exam questions are designed to test your knowledge of concepts. The best way to prepare for this is to practice more & more questions. Exam questions often contain distractor answers. These incorrect options are designed to trick you and make you select an incorrect response. The best way to prepare for this is to review the most commonly tested concepts and to use online tools that allow you to create and manage your own practice exams.


Don’t forget to breathe

When you’re taking your exam, you may feel a lot of pressure to get everything right on the first try. However, it is important to remember to breathe. Taking a few seconds to pause and collect your thoughts between each question will help you to stay focused, maintain a healthy heart rate and avoid making unnecessary errors. You should also make sure that you have enough time to complete the exam. The exam administrator will usually let you know how much time you have left, but it is a good idea to double check this. Exam anxiety is a very common phenomenon. Although it is normal to feel some level of stress before the exam, you shouldn’t let exam anxiety get the best of you.


Don’t just rely on the last week before your exam

It is important to remember that last-minute cramming does not produce long-lasting results. You need to give yourself enough time to fully process the information you are studying. There are many ways to study for an exam outside of the last week before the exam. The best way to study is to combine different methods of study. Some people prefer studying alone while others benefit from studying in groups. Choose the method of study that works best for you.


Read Also: Ways to Improve Your Focus and Concentration Skills

How COMPETE helps you with your exams preparations

The Competitive/entrance exams are rigorous. It requires you to know everything there is to know about the concepts. But, most importantly, it requires you to have the confidence to apply what you’ve learned in a time-tested environment.

Therefore, confidence plays a key role here! If you’re struggling to gain that momentum, we suggest you follow these tips. 

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